April Lawrie

Changemaker for Aboriginal children and community

2024 SA Australian of the Year Nominee

Mirning and Kokatha woman April Lawrie is dedicated to creating generational change for all children. For more than 30 years, April has led systemic reform in Aboriginal health, justice, education and child protection. 

As the inaugural commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, April leads the work that promotes the rights, development and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and young people within South Australia. 

April is also the co-founder of Tjindu Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that works to promote wellbeing, cultural resilience and school retention for Aboriginal young people in communities across South Australia. 

As director of the award-winning Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation for two decades, April ensures local native title rights support generations to come by helping establish business ventures to enable self-determination and economic development for the far west coast people.  

She is a passionate advocate for government service reform in child protection and for land rights within native title.